Our Mission

CHILDREN AT RISK serves as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration, and advocacy.

What We Do

Data & Research

We use research and data to understand the needs of Texas children and their families. This research drives our advocacy agenda and helps us develop evidence-based policy recommendations.

Policy Advocacy

Research and data alone are not enough to drive change for children. We use our research to develop policy recommendations that have the most impact and speak up to inform policymakers.


We work better together. We rely on partners across the state to support our research and data collection, provide regional insights, and amplify our advocacy efforts through collective action.

Our Areas of Expertise

CHILDREN AT RISK focuses on 3 key areas that can help break the cycle of poverty and enable children to learn, thrive, and meet their full potential.



Safety & Opportunity

We are committed to viewing all the work we do with an Equity & Justice lens and a Immigrant Children Lens.

Equity & Justice

Immigrant Children

Upcoming Events & Activities

February 11

Request for Proposals

Children at Risk is seeking early career scholars in Texas, including graduate students and those within five years of post-doc, to present their ongoing research projects related to equity at the upcoming summit with the theme “Cultivating Tomorrow’s Equity Leaders: A Path to Inclusivity.”

February 22

2024 Equity Summit

This year‘s Equity Summit will bring together statewide experts as we explore equity issues that impact Texas Children.

Held via Zoom 10 AM – 12 PM CST.

February 23

The Future of San Antonio

Cohosted by Family Service, this forum will create an opportunity for the San Antonio community to explore what a future looks like in which children thrive. Join us on the campus of University of Texas San Antonio, UTSA, from 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST.

Sign Up for All 2024 Learning Events

CHILDREN AT RISK provides free virtural learning events each year by gathering experts from around the nation and state to discuss pressing issues that Texas children face today. 

The Latest from C@R

2024 C@R Learning Events

Learning Eventsconvening for change CHILDREN AT RISK is committed to hosting free events that engage the public and help them drive change for children. We aim to share research, unpack pressing policy issues, and highlight diverse community perspectives from across...

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Our last summit of the year will dive into the issues of STEM education, focusing on building a robust and qualified pipeline of professionals. A learning opportunity for educators and community leaders, this event will highlight the work of STEM industry leaders, educators, and nonprofit innovators working to improve access to STEM education for all students. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of what they can do to support the next generation of STEM professionals.

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Our Causes

Early Education

K-12 Education

Human Trafficking

Health & Nutrition

New American Children

Family Well-Being


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For the 7.3 million children in Texas, you can be by giving a monthly recurring donation to Children at Risk.

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